In the heart of DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood (near the free zoo with pandas, Amsterdam Falafel, and untold throngs of weekend yahoos), an eclectic smattering of coffee types from around the DC area gathered Wednesday night at the Counter Culture Training Center, keen on a first chance to get their paws on the Strada EP.

Before Scott Guglielmino’s presentation even began, people were clustered around the machine, watching shots drop and munching on Jamaican beef empanadas and white pizza. The presentation itself was a bit more casual and conversational this time around, and Scott managed to incorporate talking about his pre-Marzocco days as a member of the La Marzocco “Street Team”. The general vibe of Scott’s talk can be summed up by quoting his closing statement: “Thanks for coming out. We think this machine is really special – let’s go try some coffee.”

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Just a quick note: while the Counter Culture Training Center in DC is actually quite nice, people who work for CCC are quick to point to the centers in Atlanta and Chicago as their showcase spots. I think they’re forgetting the best part of their space in DC, the truly stunning rooftop patio featuring clear views of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian Castle.

(It’s especially gorgeous at sunset…)

(Photos by @bludviksen)

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